August 1955, the Summerville Retail Merchants Association awarded
Lyerly farmer Jim McDonald a hundred bucks for being the first to
produce and gin a bale of cotton in Chattooga County for the year.
The 488 pound bale was brought to the courthouse by 19-year-old
Fred McDonald (sitting on bale). The president of the
association, Bill Jordon, is shown on the left. To the right is
George Kling Jr. who ginned the cotton at his Menlo facility.
bale was valued at approximately $166 (about $1,400 in today's dollars)
and remained at the courthouse on display for a week. The
Summerville Retail Merchants Association used the contest to encourage
agricultural development in Chattooga County.
Photograph by T. Emmett Nunn. Information obtained from the Summerville News.